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Thursday April 26, 2018

Why technology-driven food production is critical

Kathy's Commentary: The good and bad of the legislative session

While the lead story in this issue is very important ā€“ because it points out the common sense reasons for antibiotic use ā€“ there is another story Iā€™d like to focus on.  That is the story as outlined by former US Senator, Secretary of Ag, and Nebraska Governor, Mike Johanns.  I would encourage all readers to listen to his presentation all the way to the end.  It is about 30 minutes, but the points he makes are so important.  Farmers feed not only America, but also the world.  Many obstacles, challenges and issues must be dealt with if we are to realize success in the area of food production in to the future. He discusses the value of water, the need for technology and, most importantly, the need for an increase in food production. There will be 11 billion people to feed by 2100. Population growth will occur in countries that will need our food the most. By 2050 we will need 60 percent more food to feed the world. Future food needs must be met by American farmers and ranchers, and their success will dictate what our world will look like 35, 50 or even 100 years from now. We need better genetics and better science, better equipment with efficiencies that allow for the best weed management and crop production.  More importantly, we need better water management to conserve a valuable natural resource.

Kathy Siefken
Executive Director
Nebraska Grocery Industry Association

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